Report: Ole Miss boots two after arrests
Ole Miss linebacker Clarence Jackson and defensive end Delvin Jones were dismissed from the team Monday following their arrests last week for public drunkenness, the Clarion Ledger reported.
"Clarence Jackson and Delvin Jones have been dismissed from the Ole Miss football program for violation of team rules," coach Houston Nutt said in a statement Monday.
"I believe in trying to make a difference in a young man's life, and second chances are a part of that. However, you reach a point where you can't get through to them, and as a team, we have to move on. We wish them the absolute best and hope they are able to get their lives in order."
According to Lafayette County jail records, the two were arrested by campus police Friday morning and charged with public drunkenness. Both had faced previous disciplinary issues.
Jackson, a sophomore who was projected as a starter for the Rebels, was arrested in September after he was allegedly found in possession of a 46-inch flat-screen television that was missing from a university building. That case remains open, according to the report.
Jones, a sophomore reserve, was suspended by Nutt for two games last November for missing classes.
Nutt expressed anger at the arrests Friday, reiterating that both players had been warned about further transgressions.
"We've had such an unbelievable offseason," Nutt said. "We've got two selfish guys that just make a wrong terrible decision that embarrasses the 98 percent that do it right, that's what makes you so mad. These guys have been talked to repeatedly. That's what bothers me."